Raikkonen to retire from F1 at season’s finish
Kimi Raikkonen has introduced he’ll retire from Formulation 1 on the finish of this season.
The 2007 world champion was out of contract at Alfa Romeo on the finish of the 12 months and has determined that this can be his final season on the age of 41. The Finn has received 21 grands prix in his profession — leaving him fifteenth on the checklist of all-time winners — together with his final victory coming on the 2018 United States Grand Prix when racing for Ferrari.
“That is it,” Raikkonen wrote on Instagram. “This can be my final season in Formulation 1. This can be a choice I did throughout final winter. It was not a straightforward choice however after this season it’s time for brand new issues.
“Though the season remains to be on, I need to thank my household, all my groups, everybody concerned in my racing profession and particularly all of you nice followers which have been rooting for me all this time. Formulation 1 may come to an finish for me however there may be much more in life that I need to expertise and luxuriate in. See you round in any case of this! Sincerely Kimi.”
Raikkonen has additionally scored 18 pole positions in a profession that began again in 2001 with Sauber and took in spells at McLaren and Lotus in addition to Ferrari and latterly Alfa Romeo. He took a two-year hiatus from F1 in 2010 and 2011, making an attempt rallying and NASCAR amongst different pursuits.
Talking to RACER on the finish of final season, Raikkonen stated a return to NASCAR could possibly be a chance when he retires from F1, however that spending time together with his household and never touring a lot can be his first precedence.
“Who is aware of? Perhaps at some point. I actually loved how they race and the way the entire thing runs,” he stated of NASCAR. “Perhaps for some races. The very first thing (in 2011), there have been talks that I might do the entire season and I stated no method, as a result of I believe there have been, like, 36 races in a 12 months, and it’s fairly a tough season. So I might by no means do all of it; however some highway circuits can be good, and a few ovals. I don’t know — we’ll see what occurs sooner or later.
“Clearly typically I’ve considered (what comes after F1), however truthfully, with regards to every time I cease in F1, I doubt I’ll journey rather a lot. I need to spend time with the household, and I believe the factor I most stay up for is having no schedule!
“A lot of the sports activities — not solely racing — dictate the whole lot that occurs in that 12 months. When the time comes, it’ll good to not have a schedule and you’ll dictate what occurs in your life. Then we’ll see if I drive something or not, for enjoyable or one thing. I do not know.”
Raikkonen’s announcement comes with Alfa Romeo anticipated to signal a fellow Finn in his place, as Valtteri Bottas is believed to be in line to hitch the crew from Mercedes, with George Russell changing Bottas.